People


Our Group:

Alexei Maklakov (PI, Reader in Evolutionary Biology, Organisms and the Environment Theme leader at UEA BIO): photo

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Duxbury (ERC-funded Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate): Transgenerational consequences of lifespan extension, testing trade off theories, linking proximate and evolutionary theories of ageing; combining genetic tools (RNAi, mutant strains, NGS) with experimental evolution and life history assays. Previously, conducted PhD research into the sex-specific life history effects of dietary manipulation, with Tracey Chapman (UEA). Most recently explored the evolution and genetics of virus resistance in natural populations of fruit fly species, with Frank Jiggins in the Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge.Photo for website

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Travers (ERC-funded Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate): Laura has a broad interest in ageing, sexual selection, and evolutionary genetics. In particular, she is interested in understanding how trade-offs between life history traits such as reproduction and lifespan drive evolutionary change. In the current project, she is exploring links between evolutionary and proximate causes of ageing. For her PhD, she investigated the evolutionary basis and consequences of multiple mating in females.pic_Laura

 

 

 

 

 

Tom van Baalen (Full-time Research Technician): Tom just started in our lab in April 2018 as an ERC-funded research assistant to work on the elusive links between growth, reproduction and longevity. He will be running independent projects and helping on the projects of the group members. tom-van-baalen

 

 

 

 

Hanne Carlsson (Lab manager and Research Associate): Hanne has been working in our lab for 2 years as a research assistant, and then continued to do her MSc degree on ‘Parental age effects on longevity and ageing’. Her MSc project was a collaboration with the Lind lab at Uppsala University and was co-supervised my Martin Lind and myself. Now Hanne is Research Associate at UEA and organises the life in the lab, as well as running her own projects and helping on the projects of the group members. IMG_8492 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline Devaux (visiting student with Simone Immler, from UniLaSalle Beauvais, France): Caroline is visiting Simone Immler‘s lab and is participating in a joint project on the transgenerational effects of dietary restriction on fitness and ageing in nematodesCaroline

 

 

 

 

 

Mathilde Durieux (visiting student with Simone Immler, from UniLaSalle Beauvais, France): Mathilde is visiting Simone Immler‘s lab and is participating in a joint project on the transgenerational effects of dietary restriction on fitness and ageing in nematodesMathilde

 

 

 

 

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Alumni:

Foteini Spagopoulou (ERC-co-funded PhD student at Uppsala University): Condition-dependence of sexual dimorphism in ageing in the lab and in the wild.

 

 

 

Sanjana Ravindran (Project student): Sanjana is taking an Erasmus Mundus International Master (IMIM) in Innovative Medicine, and is investigating fitness costs of lifespan extension by combining life-history assays with manipulations of target genetic pathways in C. elegans. The project is a collaboration between our lab and the Lind lab.sanjana

 

 

 

 

 

Martyna Zwoinska (ERC-funded PhD student): Sexual dimorphism in life-history and cognitive ageing. Martyna is now doing postdoc at Stockholm University with Rhonda Snook.

 

 

 

 

Brian Mautz (ERC-funded postdoc): Brian is workingIMG_8513 (1) on the role of sexual selection in reducing age-specific mutation load.

 

 

 

 

Martin Lind (returning VR postdoc and EBC-funded postdoctoral fellow): The role of growthIMG_8457 (3) in the evolution and expression of ageing. Martin is a fourth postdoc from our lab who received a highly competitive “young group leader” funding from the Swedish Research Council (VR) and will be starting his own lab in 2017. He won the largest grant (4.7 M SEK) among his peers in this round. He is starting his own research group at our department, and will be hiring shortly!

 

 

Elisabeth Bolund (Wenner-Gren Fellow): Elisabeth has been working on sexual conflictIMG_8567 (1) over life-history traits in humans with Virpi Lummaa in Sheffield and she will continue this line of work in our lab. Elisabeth is a second postdoc in our lab who received a highly competitive “young group leader” funding from the Swedish Research Council (VR) and she started her own lab at our department in 2016.

 

 

 

Tuuli Larva (full time RA, Nematode Lab) Tuuli

 

 

 

 

 

Johan Andersson (full time RA, Nematode Lab) johan

 

 

 

 

Anna Vourlou (part-time RA, Drosophila Lab)Anna

 

 

 

 

 

Therese Krieg (full time RA with Simone Immler, Therese KriegNematode Lab)

 

 

 

Maja Ericsson (full time RA, Drosophila Lab). Maja worked together with Anna Vourlou on dietary restriction and ageing in fruit flies. She went on to do a PhD in BMC. Maja

 

 

 

 

Sara Meurling (full time RA, Nematode Lab). Sara went on to do a PhD on the conservation biology of frogs with Anssi Laurila and Jacob Höglund at our department.  IMG_8614 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

Hwei-yen Chen (PhD student): Evolutionary biology of ageing. Hwei-yen defended her thesis in the end of 2014 and started a postdoc with Simone Immler at the Department of Evolutionary Biology.

 

 

 

 

Björn Rogell (ERC-funded postdoc): Genomic study of ageing following experimental life-history evolution. Björn received a highly sought after “young group leader” position from Swedish Research Council (VR) and and started his own lab as assistant professor at Stockholm University.

 

 

Grigorios Georgolopoulos (RA, project and MSc student, Drosophila Lab, togetherIMG_0336 with Urban Friberg). Grigorios went to the US and is now working in the lab in Seattle. He is still actively collaborating with us and advising on fly routines.

 

 

 

Tao You (MSc student): Evolution of same-sex behaviour in male and female beetles (Beetle Lab, together with David Berger).

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Mark Ramsden (full time RA, Nematode Lab): Mark has got a job and went back home to the UK.IMG_8471 (1)

 

 

 

 

Ana Cristina Guevara (Erasmus student and RA in Nematode Lab): How do long-livedPicture2 nematode strains perform in natural environment? Ana is now an RA in Göran Arnqvist’s lab.

 

 

 

Maria Cortazar (RA, Nematode Lab): Maria is now doing a PhD with Jacob Höglund andPicture4 Anssi Laurila here in our department.

 

 

 

 

Elena Berg (Carl Tryggers postdoctoral fellow): Intra-locus conflict, stress and ageing. Elena moved to take on a permanent position as Lecturer in American University in Paris
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David Berger (returning VR postdoc, co-hosted with Göran Arnqvist): Ageing, sexual conflict and evolution of metabolism. David is now an Assistant Professor in our department.

 

 

 

Mara Ruiz Minano (Erasmus student): Sexually antagonistic selection in adaptation to climate change

Felix Zajitschek (Wenner-Gren postdoctoral fellow): Nutritional stress and the evolution of ageing. Felix now moved with his partner Susi Zajitschek to GWU in Washington.

 

 

 

 

Cindy Canton (RA): Drosophila lab. Cindy also helped us with some heavy work on parental age effects in beetles and now continues working on Drosophila projects with Urban Friberg.

 

 

Ghazal Alavioon (RA): Beetle lab. Ghazal is now doing her MSc project in Simone Immler‘s  lab here at EBC.

 

 

 

 

Foteini Spagopoulou (MSc student): Evolution of male reproductive ageing under differential extrinsic mortality. Foteini will be joining our lab once again as a PhD student in 2013.

Jin Tuo (MSc student): Nutrition effects on late-life mortality plateaus

Margo Adler (visiting PhD student): Margo is now doing a postdoc in Locke Rowe’s lab margo-headshot-outside-798

 

 

 

 

William Widegren (MSc student): Intra-locus sexual conflict over lifespan

Bahareh Zaferani (MSc student, 2011): Evolution of male mating success during local adaptation in seed beetles

Cosima Hotzy (RA, 2011): Nematode and beetle lab; Cosima is now a PhD student in Simone Immler‘s lab at EBC.

 

 

 

Henrik Lysell (RA, 2011): Drosophila lab

Lorraine Burgevin (MSc student, 2011): Intra-locus sexual conflict and the evolution of same-sex behaviour in the seed beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus. Lorraine went on to conduct another internship back in France.

Katja Temnow (RA, 2010): Katja helped with our nematode project and since then moved to work on leaves at SLU. She is now back in Germany working at Bielefeld University.

Ilona Flis (RA, 2010): Ilona worked with Urban Friberg and myself on male harassment and mutation rates in Drosophila. She has moved to UK and now is working in Ted Morrow‘s lab in Sussex.

William Widegren (Research Trainee, 2010): Correlated evolution of sex-specific lifespan and mortality rates during adaptation to stressful environments in seed beetles. William continued to conduct MSc project in my lab.